This Day In Wrestling History – June 2nd‏

Jun 2, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1983 – Hulk Hogan wins the NJPW IWGP League, defeating Antonio Inoki in the final

1989 – The WWF-produced film ‘No Holds Barred’ starring Hulk Hogan is released. The movie was a critical and commercial flop, only just breaking even when distribution fees are factored in

Title Changes

1960 – Dan Miller & Frank Valois defeat Rikidozan & Michiaki Yoshimura to win the vacant JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1979 – The WCCW American Heavyweight Title is awarded to The Spoiler after Wahoo McDaniel is forced to vacate it through injury

1987 – The Honky Tonk Man defeats Ricky Steamboat to win the WWF Intercontinental Title

1993 – The Eagle & The Patriot defeat Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Kenta Kobashi to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

2002 – The WWF Hardcore Title 24/7 Rule sees the belt pass from Steven Richards to Tommy Dreamer, to Raven and back to Richards

2004 – Jeff Jarrett defeats AJ Styles, Raven & Chris Harris in a King Of The Mountain Match to win the NWA World Title


Happy birthday to 2-time WCW World Champion Lex Luger (53), the first TNA ‘Grand Slam’ Champion AJ Styles (34), former TNA Knockouts Tag Champion Velvet Sky (30) and former TNA wrestler Kim ‘Desire’ Neilson (38)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost three personalities on this date. In 1998, WWE Hall of Famer Junkyard Dog died aged 45 in a single-car accident after apparently falling asleep at the wheel. In 2003, fellow WWE Hall of Famer ‘Classy’ Freddie Blassie died of kidney and heart failure at the ripe old age of 85. Finally, in 2007, Pacific Northwest mainstay Sandy Barr suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 69.

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